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Community Guidelines

In light of past, recent, and unfortunately continuing stories of people being harassed online, it has come to my attention that guidelines must be established if there is to be a comments section.

Maria Konnikova (2013) writes about the ‘online dishibition effect’, which is basically where the moment in which one sheds their “identity the usual constraints on your behaviour go, too”. This is especially true in cases where users can comment anonymously, which may encourage participation, but has just gone to increase uncivilly and incredibly negative comments.

I would like to encourage participation, but it seems necessary that I point out that there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. Due to some of the sensitive topics that may be discussed here on this blog, it might be beneficial for these guidelines to be understood before writing a comment:

No racism, sexism, or any sort of hate comments whatsoever.

No promotional comments unless previously validated through the admin beforehand.

Any violation of these guidelines will prompt the removal of the comments by admin. Comments are taken down if admin doesn’t think it contributes to the conversation or is irrelevant or hateful in any way, or threatens other readers or authors. If there are any questions, please email the admin for more information.

When it comes to people’s safety, some form of filtration is necessary. If a comment is not constructive to a conversation, it will not be included. I love to hear feedback and opinions on the matter. But in a space that is supposed to be one in which people should come to for positivity in an already hate-filled world, I need to establish this before my website goes further. 

A Winter Story

All the reasons to love winter for those who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder):

    

Please dismiss my childish artistic skills. I just want everyone to try and look at winter more positively! I definitely didn’t cover all of it either. What are your favorite things about winter?

guidelines

I’ve been thinking real hard this week about coming up with some community guidelines. The more I thought about it, the more my head spun. After all of the contemplating, I think that I’ve came to the conclusion that I won’t be implementing any at this time. Let me explain.

For frequently visited websites with high amounts of traffic, where comments and conversations can be posted instantly – it makes sense. Having community guidelines in these instances are almost necessary to function, especially because it’s difficult to control strangers that are conversing with each other. Websites like those tend to moderate post incident, instead of preventative.

At this time though, this isn’t the case for this blog. I currently allow for comments on blog posts, however, they require my approval before being posted. Furthermore, I have a spam filter on to filter out any bots and anything like that. If anyone wants to leave a comment, they also have to fill out their information, which takes a few more steps than just hitting “post”, which acts as a deterrent from inappropriate conduct. As I don’t have very many visitors at this time and because I have these measures in place, I feel as though having guidelines is not needed at this time. As well, I feel like Instagram is the place that my audience is more likely to post comments and interact.

Will I change my mind in the future? Probably. But community guidelines change on websites all the time anyways, so what’s new?

Newsworthy Photos

For this week’s process post I put together all of the images found at the top of a handful of news articles. What I found most interesting is that despite knowing that these are news photos, they all have a newsy feel to them. I think a large part of that is due to the […]

Transmedia Ideas

Some transmedia ideas for my health and wellness blog include:

  • Podcasts/audio segments — perhaps on Soundcloud?
  • Youtube (interviews with others, videos in general)

This would probably need to come with a more structured timeframe on when to post. For example, a blog post every Monday to start off the week and perhaps a video or audio segment every Friday. It would be a bit more structured than a vlog, and would allow for different interactions with the website in many ways for readers, leading them to become part of the conversation by being listeners and viewers as well. For me, I find my passion lies more with video editing and what not so I would prefer to do health interviews with students over video but I know some topics like those revolving around mental health are a bit personal so the interviewee may want to be anonymous and having an audio segment instead of a video one might be less invasive.

integration

Seeing that this blog is an extension of my Instagram account, and that my posts largely chronicle my adventures as a content creator, it seems rather logical that Instagram be the social media channel of choice to focus my efforts towards. Instagram has the link in bio call to action that’s a great place to put a link to this blog, but furthermore, because I have over 10K followers, I have the feature to add links in my Instagram stories via the swipe up call to action.

I’ve started a second Instagram account, that is more of a beta test to try out the same content that I have on @wong.jpg, but with a different style of editing – warmer tones. I’m intrigued to try to grow this account, and have this one point to this blog more. We’ll see how that goes. If you’re curious to see the beginnings of this, you can find that here.

The next platforms that come to mind are Facebook and Twitter, but I seem to run into a few problems with the latter. I’m not really a Twitter person, like at all. I used it in high school because it was pretty much mandatory. But other than that, I’m not really a fan. Being authentic is important to me, and seeing as I don’t like using Twitter, I feel as though it doesn’t make sense to try to brand myself on there.

And then there’s Facebook… It’s so true when people say it’s a pay to play place nowadays, and it makes me less inclined to focus any efforts on there. At this point in time, I don’t have any interest in pouring money into marketing efforts via Facebook. There’s the option of using my personal account, but I don’t think that’s the place for this blog. I really don’t like when people post like crazy about their brands, whether it be a product, a blog or an association they’re involved with, so I don’t see the appeal in doing that to people knowing that I don’t like it.

So out of these big three platforms, I guess that brings me back to Instagram?

Transmedia Integration

I’ve talked a little bit about what social media platforms I’m choosing to use in previous blog posts but here I’m going to dive a little deeper into those that I have chosen and those that I may use in the future and why. My primary medium of choice for social media is Instagram. It […]

Transmedia Integration

As my blog stands today, it is quite non-visual. This decision is something I’ve talked about a lot before as something that comes from a place of wanting to keep it purely text based and not being able to find images that really coordinate with lying.

I’m sure there are visuals that can speak to lying, but I haven’t found any that really stood out to me or have the inspiration to create any that can perfectly encompass my ideas.

One image simply cannot put into words or can symbolize what lying means to me.

But a video can.

As an art student, my focus tends to veer toward critiquing media and imagery found in media, whether it be magazines, commercials, or advertisements, I use video to parody it or critique it in some way.

I believe this extends to my blog as it can serve as a parody of online persona. It also critiques authenticity of self on the internet.

I think connecting these two ideas and media platforms is a good way to broaden my field as well as including some visuals into my blog.

Peer Review #3

By Emily C.

Emily has a good sense of style and it really shows in her blog in the way she designed her layout and the colour choices she has in her images. I think her blog really displays her interests well. I really like Emily’s photographs that she has in her blog posts and on her Instagram feed, they are very nice to look at.

The only thing I would say to this blog and to Emily is that, for the last 2 peer reviews, I’ve seen the same theme as byemilyc. I know this theme is very popular because of it’s minimalistic appearance and simplistic design. It attracts a lot of people because it is so simple and pretty, but I think it’s overused. It’s no one’s fault that this theme is popular, and I’m not saying the theme should be changed, but I think some minor changes would at least bring some originality to your blog and your personality online.

As your reader, and as someone who is interested in the arts and artistic things in general, I think the strongest point on your blog is your images. They stand out against the white background and pull all the attention. Your photographs are what attracts your readers, I would like to see more of them when I click onto the home page of your blog. I think a header image that sums up what your blog is about or what you want to present yourself as is an eye catcher and would help your readers understand at first glance what your blog is about.

I feel like your title could be improved with an image displaying your calligraphy skills. The font imitating the calligraphy wouldn’t be as strong in conveying your interest in calligraphy and art as would an image of your own calligraphy. It would also be more personal and could help to connect with your audience on a deeper level.

I really think your Instagram feed on the side is a great idea and really connects you to another outlet. I noticed your Twitter is set to private which I respect but I think the more social media you make accessible to your audience, the more connected they become to your content. A suggestion I might have is to create a separate public Twitter just for your calligraphy and your art.

Overall, I think your blog will be successful. It’s attractive and the content is creative. The posts such as “Finding My Career Path” is a good post for connecting to your audience as it includes the drawings you have done in the past and they are very good, I must say.

I do think your blog will inspire people to be more creative and to live a more fulfilled life, I certainly have felt inspired to do more. Like Michelle Phan said, “influence is the new power–if you have influence you can create a brand.” (Robehmed).

I think you did a good job, Emily! Keep up the good work!

 

Check out Emily’s blog: byemilyc

 

Sources:

Natalie Robehmed. For Many YouTube Stars, Next Step Is An Old-Fashioned Book. 2015Forbes.

Go Google Analytics!

Google Analytics is alive and well on my site and boy is it interesting! I am way more intrigued in seeing who is visiting my website than I thought I’d be and even more surprised (and super pleased) to see that people actually are visiting it! When we first installed Google Analytics there wasn’t much […]

analytics

Let’s take a quick peek at who’s been checking out the blog for the past month! I’ve dived into my Google Analytics and have set the time frame to exactly 30 days.

It looks like 77% of my audience this past month have visited before, and are returning! Considering I haven’t really done too much promotion of my blog, this is actually really interesting to see that there are people who are coming back to the site to read more. This leaves 23% to new visitors, which I think is a good balance. It means that majority of those visiting the blog return, but that there are still new people checking it out as well.

According to the behaviour section of analytics, almost 50% (49.19% to be exact…) of the pageviews this past month have been for the home page. This makes me wonder if most people only look at the homepage and not anywhere else, or if this statistic is just high because after reading a post, people always revert back to the homepage. It makes sense that most of the pageviews are here since it is where people land when they visit the site.

In terms of the most read post, it looks like my essay, The Rise of Fake Influencers, takes the cake! I’m actually really surprised by this considering this piece was written specifically for posiel, but I suppose that I wrote on a relevant topic for my blog which may have made it intriguing for my audience. Thinking about this post and how it did, I think I ought to start a category for insta hacks/tips sometime soon!

Some Readership and Writership Balance

I found that it would be pretty hard to get noticed online without my social media. I think I have a pretty large following and most people are interested in what I am posting, particularly when it comes to creative stuff. The blog I have now is more a health and wellness blog as well as personal. But, I have been thinking about starting another blog; it could piss a lot of people and corporations off, which means it’s necessary to be anonymous. I would still need to use my social media to get it out there and bring attention to my new blog, so when I think of Google Analytics I compare how the two blogs would do in my mind and I realize that I’d need to find other means of social medias and attention in the new blog in order to stay anonymous. My Google Analytics has also shown me that a lot of my family and close friends are super interested in my health and wellness blog, as it is a bit more personal, but it would be cool to try and post some of my posts to specific pages on Facebook and see if I can branch out a bit. Using the annotations will help me keep track of what posts I post where, and I can see where the biggest audience is. In my other blog, once it’s created, I wouldn’t want to post too much on other pages on Facebook through my account in particular. However, it would definitely mean I would need a separate Facebook account and Instagram and other social medias. It would be especially cool to keep track of the analytics alongside with the Facebook account and see what people look at more! My blog now is pretty personalized, so I have a few different strategies on how to branch out into more people. For example, I would like to interview a few friends who are also students about their struggles with mental health and gain some perspective and tips with them. This is also another good opportunity to either film or record it as a sort of podcast too. This would also boost online attention because the people I interview will most likely share their stories online and I’ll increase my reach the way.

Monetization

I monetized my site through Google Adsense mostly because I didn’t think it would affect people from reading my content anyways. We ignore ads all the time, and I placed them accordingly throughout my website that won’t interrupt people reading. I downloaded a new plugin called Ad Inserter to make the process easier as well. Other changes I will have to make is to make sure that the ads don’t slow the loading time of my site, interrupt reading, and don’t move anything around where it’s not supposed to be. Also, I will need to filter out certain kinds of ads so nothing irrelevant shows up on my website.

On the self-reflection side of things, when I am asked about my data trails and digital footprint, I definitely haven’t made an effort to minimize my footprint, but I haven’t necessarily just thrown-in the towel either. I’m very aware of the information I’ve put out there, but I am a bit biased. The technology I use everyday has only helped me with my every day life. In fact, more opportunities come to me through all my social medias and activities. I’ve been offered jobs and been contacted by employers through social media. I find that my information is a fair trade-off for using these apps for free. I also just feel no one is really interested in my information unless they just try to sell me things, which hardly works, but I am comfortable with how things are progressing with technology. I love convenience, I love the speed of information, and I think that data is a necessary thing that already exists and we just need to adapt to it because it isn’t going anywhere.

3 Years

Now that things are up and running and we’re beginning to take the deep dive into discussing ads and monetization, here comes the important decision; to monetize or to not monetize. Personally as my website is a space meant for showcasing my work, and a place for people to hire me, I’ve decided not to […]

There is No Easy Pill to Substitute Hard Work

No tricks, gimmicks, special pills, special potions, special equipment. All it takes is desire and will.” — Richard Simmons

 

*Please excuse the worst Photoshop skills to ever be presented online. Hopefully the message is still clear.*

Week 3 Process Post

This week I installed and activated Google Analytics and the Ultimate Category Excluder plugins to WordPress so I can easily track my views and prevent these posiel posts from appearing on the front page of my blog. I planned the layout of my blog so that #posiel posts would be accessible on the sidebar rather than the main navigation menu.

One of the readings this week came from Craig Mod, “How I Got My Attention Back”. I would like to share a quote from his article:

“Our measuring sticks for life tend to be optimized for material things, things easy to count. Houses, cars, husbands, babies, dollar bills. Attention is immaterial, difficult to track.” (Mod, 2017)

This quote resonates with me because I can often see how our world is radically becoming more advanced and how visual media is increasingly becoming a the cause of consumerism. In a world where we seem to live thriving off material and physical objects, it is so easy to become absorbed into this culture of consumerism as a means to measure the satisfaction of our personal life. As a result, people are increasingly less aware of the every day situations that are occurring around us as they pay more attention to their own lives and personal obsessions. Attention, like time, cannot be bought or exchanged.

I find that whenever I put my phone down for a few hours, I tend to feel more productive with my time and feel more mentally invested in the work or activity I am doing without constant distraction. That being said, I don’t think I can be offline for a month even if my life allowed it without harming me. For being someone who relies on social media to stay in touch with friends who live hours away, I can’t imagine the time needed to transit to them just to discuss a couple of things with them that could easily and quickly be done in a matter of minutes.

Essay #2

Since the semester started, we have been publicizing our self online using this blog. I have had experiences before blogging online many years ago, but with more personal life in the content. To compare with the blog, I am doing today, and before, this one will be more topic focused, audiences targeted, and have certain goals to achieve. In fact, participating this class introduced me what an individual online publisher should look like, gave me the information of how can we do our work, and helped me to organize and connect to the information. Also, the class provided discussion and reflection to let us think deeper about the relationship between us, publication, and media in nowadays society.

It was very perplexed when I have to decide what I am going to blog about at the first time since I cannot think of a thing that I am very into and have a lot of information that can share with the world.  Therefore, I turned the focus into things that I do every day, and I came up with the idea of sharing my cooking and gaming life. As a passionate gamer and a person who cook for the house, my first plan was sharing interesting information, or useful tips to the people have similar interests with me. However, the plan did not go so well, I was either too busy to cook or did not take record while I am cooking, but I have been posting about my gaming life or gaming article. After getting the suggestion from class and from friends that had read my site, I decided to change my blog content to share about an interesting thing that happens in my daily life, whether it is about gaming, cooking, or a restaurant review, or even about my kitten’s life. By making this change, I think it will help me develop audiences pool starting from people around me who want to know more about me to people have similar interest with me, and later on to people who search me from the internet. This change will also help me to develop richer content on my blog since I will have different information for the different audience. The Youtube channel, Bob’s Your Uncle inspired me for the idea.

This Youtube channel primary purpose is to share cooking information to his audience, but in the same time, he loves to talk about the social topic when he is cooking. His sharp speech is also the main reason why he is very popular in HongKong. He also produces video and information in travel or just discussion about hot topic around the society or even politics. His channel illustrates the audience today living in information flooding world, want to see multiple pieces of information as a package, edited and pack to one, and they can receive everything through one perfect piece.

Link Here

During the whole term, I have changed my site’s layout many times. The biggest change was the entire theme of my site, from a black and white minimalism to a theme that contains picture slide, and with more vivid color. The first theme I choose was aiming to let my blog fit into the gaming style, but I changed it because it was boring, overused, and could not represent who I am, which, described in the article Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse. You cannot tell which site belongs to which companies since they all look the same. I cannot stand in the copy-cat culture, just as how everyone is using iPhone or Apple Mac book. Therefore, I changed my site to a theme that can be more unique and can represent my identity online more.          

In the other hand, I am also trying to connect my blog and my Twitch channel and Youtube channel to provide different ways for my audiences to read my context. As a publisher and an audience at the same time, a piece of information only have text could not get my attention and let me stay on the site. So, I believe my audience, who have similar habits and interest with me, feel the same way too. Also, the topics I am sharing will also increase their power if they come with picture, sounds, or video.

However, the blog I am doing is against the thinking I have for publication now. I notice how people are paying attention to other’s life every day instead of their own; I see how every individual’s publishing themselves through the social network have ruined our society. But I am still one of them, sharing my life with others. At the beginning of the term, I consider the word “publication” explain the action of people who are publicizing themselves and their thought to the world. Yet, I had never been aware of the issue that publication nowadays brings to our life. For example, the psychology article which explains the different ways we act in online and in real life; Or, the fake news in the social network; Or, how the technology are taking away our attention, etc. After this term, I think more before I share a post, I check the authenticity of a news story or a video, I also, try to be aware how am I publishing myself online, and my identity online.

Looking forward, I will try to keep the site online as a tool to share my thought to the public. Although I am still in the beginner stage, my goal is to become a successful publisher, bringing some influence to the public one day.

 

 

References

Suler, John. 2004. “The Online Disinhibition Effect.” Available from: http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html

Gertz, Travis. 2015. “Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse.” July 2015. Available from: https://louderthanten.com/articles/story/design-machines

BBC News. 2017 “Quebec mosque attack: Fox News deletes tweet after Canada complains.” BBC News. February 01, 2017. Available from: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38821804

煮家男人 Bob’s Your Uncle. 2017 “牛肉意粉卷 – 特首選舉 Beef Cannelloni – Lesser of Three Weevils.” March 25, 2017. Available from: https://youtu.be/XDfeWlAmfyI

Mod, Craig. 2017. “How I Got My Attention Back.” Available from: https://backchannel.com/how-i-got-my-attention-back-c7fc9297d347

Week 13 Process Post

Process Post: Develop community guidelines for your site. Why are those the right guidelines for you? How will you implement them?

 

My community guidelines for my site are as following:

  1. No hate speech.
  2. No racist, sexist content.
  3. No direct profitable advertising.

Since my site is for gamer and people who love food, my audience can be everywhere around the world, this should be the right guidelines to protect every one of my audience including myself. I will post this on my front page and on the space below my blog, so people can see this when they enter my site and even when they click on another page.

Peer Review 3

http://shittydailymailcomments.com/

This is the third blog I am reviewing for my PUB101 class.
The first feeling to me as a reader is the blog has a clean design when I first clicked on it. Simple title, heading, and menu in the left head site with a huge picture indicated what the blog about, and then I can find posts when I scroll down a little bit. The title is very clean so that we know exactly what we are going to watch after we saw it. The huge picture which is a woman typing on a computer respond to the heading the writer gave us. 

I also love the way how she puts the section in order, it is simple and easy to follow, and especially very fit the style of the blog, because I believe no one wants to read these comments when the page too fancy and complicated.

By only watching the design of the site, I can assume the writer is a female, and her intended readers are also mostly female because of the baby pink font color, the woman hands in the picture, and especially the topic of the site – not a lot of men love to read these gossip things.

Let’s take a look at the “About” section.

 

The writer still using the same style as well as her front page of the site, simple and clean. The simplicity of the site can easily keep the audience’s focus. Also, I think it is the best theme for this site since people who love to watch and judge other’s comments on the web probably are people who are more mature, and those who love things are organized. The intended audiences would also easily judge the design of the site, so keep it simple is the best way to attract every intended audience. She also illustrates how she will do the work and what makes her love to blog about this in the section.

When I clicked on a post, I found the writer would capture a brief description of the news first and then write her comment under before letting us look at those “shitty comments.”

This can give a concept to the reader of what is the original post is about and easier to understand why the comment is shitty.

Overall, I think the blog design and content can absolutely explain and attract it’s intended audiences. One thing I will add on is some gif picture to drive the emotion of the readers

One thing I will add on is some gif picture to drive the emotion of the readers, an example of this:

Process Post #6: Let’s Remix Something!

For this week’s process post (…okay, more like, this post was for a few weeks ago….¯\_༼ ༽_/¯), we were simply informed to remix something. And that was it. For the most part, I was thinking “wait what?”  when I heard this was our topic for the process post. There wasn’t much instructions to go on, and I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who needs detailed instructions to do something.

Perhaps, this is the sole reason why I’ve been delaying this process post 😐 I’ve been trying to think of something to incorporate the element of re-mixing, yet, stay true to my blog. After carefully reading my fellow peers ideas of remixing to get inspired (…in no way was I stalking.¯\_ʘᗜʘ_/¯), the majority of my classmates, had incorporated re-mix of photos, music, poems, etc. which I thought was creative, given how they designed the remix on their own.

That being said, I wanted to do something different and out of my comfort zone. I like to think to remix something, is to integrate something your comfortable with but at the same time, something, your not. 

Last week, I visited North Vancouver, and explored Lonsdale Quay Market. I decided for my remix, I wanted to vlog about the adventure, but at the same time, take pictures! Vlogging is something that is out of my comfort zone because it’s basically me talking to a camera in public. It was a bit weird at first, but I was slowly getting used to it. However, because I was too excited about visiting the market since it’s been a year the last time I was there, I kind of forgot to vlog about the entire trip. I did record getting on the sea bus ⛵, which is always fun.

Of course, there is the other half of the remix which are pictures that I took for my adventure. I hope you enjoyed my remix post 😎

Song – Older Brother by Pepper Rabbit

The passageway of the market.
Our lunch for the day.
Gelato from the market.
Had to get that Instagram worthy background.